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Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Sony Alpha A6100

We compare the Panasonic DMC GX7 to the Sony Alpha A6100: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Panasonic DMC GX7 is on the left, the Sony Alpha A6100 on the right:

DMC GX7 vs Alpha A6100 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Sony Alpha A6100: Specifications at a glance

DMC GX7

  • Introduced in September 2013
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 122.6 x 70.7 x 43.3mm³ (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7")
  • 402g (13.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GX7

Alpha A6100

  • Introduced in August 2019
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 11 frames/second
  • 100 - 32000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 120 x 66.9 x 49.9mm³ (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0")
  • 396g (12.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha A6100

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for DMC GX7 and Alpha A6100

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

DMC GX7 vs Alpha A6100: The sensors

The DMC GX7 features a Four Thirds sized sensor, while the Alpha A6100 uses a APS-C sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: DMC GX7 and Alpha A6100 sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Featuring an area of 367mm² (0.59 sq.in.), the Alpha A6100's sensor is somewhat larger that the chip that the DMC GX7 employs at 225mm² (0.36 sq.in.). A larger sensor can produce images of interiors or at night that have less noise and better contrast than photos shot with Four Thirds sized chips.

Advantage: Sony Alpha A6100

DMC GX7 vs Alpha A6100: The viewfinders

The DMC GX7 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.70x.

The Alpha A6100 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.44 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.70x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

DMC GX7 (0.70x)

Alpha A6100 (0.70x)

Simulated viewfinder of the DMC GX7Simulated viewfinder of the Alpha A6100

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Panasonic DMC GX7 on the left, the Sony Alpha A6100 in the right column:

Advantage Panasonic DMC GX7...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

DMC GX7

Alpha A6100

Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.761.44
Larger lens selection (3)8050
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GX7 are the better viewfinder, the larger selection of lenses and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is that the display has a higher resolution.

The DMC GX7 scores 12 points.

...and here's where the Sony Alpha A6100 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

DMC GX7

Alpha A6100

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.0024.20
Faster (4, frames/second)911
More AF points (4)23425
Sensitivity (4)200 - 25600 ISO100 - 32000 ISO
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)320420

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha A6100 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Sony are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the Alpha A6100 is made easy by the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 29 points for the Alpha A6100.

...and here's what both have in common

DMC GX7

Alpha A6100

Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Almost equal weight402g396g
Almost equal size375cm³401cm³
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Panasonic DMC GX7 again on the left, Sony Alpha A6100 on the right:

Front view of the DMC GX7 and the Alpha A6100...

DMC GX7 und Alpha A6100, front viewDMC GX7 und Alpha A6100, front view

...and here we see the Panasonic and the Sony from above:

DMC GX7 und Alpha A6100, view from aboveDMC GX7 und Alpha A6100, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Panasonic DMC GX7

Sony Alpha A6100

12
29

CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Alpha A6100.

Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GX7

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Our rating of the Sony Alpha A6100

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